tv The FOX Report With Shepard Smith FOX News September 8, 2009 7:00pm-7:06pm EDT
bret: thank you for inviting us into your home tonight. we will see you back here tomorrow night for special coverage of the president's addressed to a joint session of congress. keep it here. [captioning made possible by fox news channel] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- trace: football coach on trial for homicide in the death of a player. at first, the father said he got did not blame the coach for the death of his son. now he is saying something different. tonight, a grieving father and a trial that could impact student athletes everywhere.
plus, president obama's controversial back-to-school speech. >> i am here because i want to talk but you about your education. his message, and reaction from schools and parents across the country. first, congress came back and brought the fight with them. the issue is now being pushed from two directions, the white house and capitol hill. tomorrow, president obama will address a joint session of congress to talk about health care reform and what he has in mind. before that happens, the gang of six is proposing their own solutions to the system's problems. the gang of six is three democrats. four other committees have proposed legislation, but it seems like everyone is watching this group to see what they have
in mind. today, some answers. max baucus floated ideas to bring down health-care costs. he is the chairman of the finance committee and the highest ranking member of the gang of six. the most notable detail is what is not included -- the public option. something that is included? fines for people who do not get insurance. carl cameron is live on capitol hill. >> the other four bills are over a trillion dollars. this one would be about $900 billion. there is no government-ron public option. here is a look at some of the other items in it. it would include a cooperative, the idea that they could create
a community-based organization that would pull purchasing power and get less expensive rates and an overall costs down. this would have mandatory coverage, and in order to get everyone insured, there would be fines for those who do not get coverage. there would be new taxes. among other things, a surtax on the cadillac policies, the expensive ones, and on their new customers. they could pay a surtax on that. they are late for their timeline. they have missed several deadlines, and baucus has set a 10:00 deadline for tomorrow. he says that now is the time to get it done. that was just a short time ago. behalf --
>> you have to do it very, very soon. i made that clear. i want to work and get it through. on the other hand, i want to make sure it does not dally. >> they would greatly expand medicare, medicaid, and health services for children. trace: what about the odds of it passing? >> the co-op is up in the air. the fact that the gang of six could not come up with its own conclusions is a symbol of how it should be. some people think it is a little more than the auction itself. a group of doctors in the debate were also on capitol hill today to welcome lawmakers back. there was a position -- petition from an online social media group for physicians. they have 10,000 signatures, all
acted to be included on the health care reform work. they have a list of four demands, reform of tort and malpractice laws, changing the way doctors get sued, improving medical billing, insurance reforms, and changing payment systems in a way that encourages more preventive medicine. no official response that we know of. the other front is at the white house. much more on that meeting and the meeting tomorrow night in a live report that is our top story at the bottom of the hour. today's address to students at wakefield high in virginia was also told on tv at schools around the country. some accuse the president of trying to force a socialist agenda of america's children.
the white house insisted that the speech would be a pep talk to encourage kids to study hard and stay in school. today, that is what the president delivered. >> i'm calling on you to set your own goals for education. do not give free to ask questions. do not be afraid to ask for help when you need it. do not ever give up on yourself. because many give up on yourself, you give up on your country. >> the president did talk little politics before the speech when he met with a group of students one-on-one. wendell is at the white house tonight. that meeting was not shown on that meeting was not shown on